Why Post-Repair Calibration is So Important
Posted on 10/30/18
Imagine this scenario: a customer picks up their vehicle from a collision repair facility, satisfied with the external repairs. On the drive home, the Blind Spot Monitor doesn’t perform as the OEM intended or as the vehicle owner had anticipated, and the driver fails to see a car tucked away in their blind spot. In a worst-case scenario, they strike a vehicle, resulting in another accident.
The same scenario could happen for the Forward Collision Warning System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Systems, Automatic Emergency Braking and other advanced driver-assist systems that aren’t calibrated properly during the collision repair process.
What About Post-Repair?
After the initial accident, the driver's car was repaired. All damaged components were replaced or reconditioned and all warning indicators lights were addressed. However, it isn't simply a matter of repairs, there are also systems that need to be calibrated. Understanding which systems require post-repair calibration is key. A repair facility needs the right tools, technology, and business partners to properly repair complex vehicle electronic systems.
Why Perform Calibration?
1. Alignment Affects Accuracy
Whether it’s a camera, radar, LIDAR or ultrasound system, just one degree of misalignment can affect the ADAS’ accuracy and ability to perform. It is vital that the repair facility understands which systems might be impacted by the repair process. Partnering with asTech® gives repair facilities the ability to connect their vehicles to OEM factory diagnostic service tools operated by ASE Certified Master technicians, who access the vehicle build data, read live data and determine if calibration is required.
2. OEM Repair Procedures Should Guide the Way
OEM repair procedures should guide the repair process. When it comes to what procedures must be followed to perform the safest and most accurate repair, no one knows better than the original equipment manufacturer. When repairing very specialized safety systems, such as the Airbag and Occupant Classification Systems, meticulous adherence to the OEM repair procedures is necessary to ensure they are operating as the OEM intended.
3. The Customers Safety is at Stake
Post-repair ADAS calibration is so critical because these systems protect the passengers inside the vehicle. Customers have become reliant on front cameras, rear cameras, blind spot monitors and lane-assist technology to help them navigate the roadways. When a customer gets behind the wheel, they're placing their trust in the repairs done to their vehicle.
Ultimately, it’s all about safety. Calibrating the ADAS is key to a properly and safely functioning car. The OEMs emphasize which steps must be taken when calibration is required. There are many labor-intensive steps that must be followed to properly calibrate a vehicle. The team of diagnostic professionals at asTech® helps repair facilities perform safe and proper repairs.
Calibration Services by asTech®
asTech® now offers mobile diagnostic services in a few key metropolitan markets and have aggressive plans to expand this much-needed service to an additional 40 of the largest metro markets in 2019. asTech® is a one-stop service provider for nationwide dealer level diagnostic services. asTech® provides four separate lines of diagnostic services: remote, in-shop at high-volume repair, on-site mobile repairs, and asTech® mobile calibration.